Elżbieta Bieńkowska was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Infrastructure and Development on 27 November 2013.
Her entire professional career has been related to the European funds implementation.
Between 1999 and 2007, she was the Director of the Regional Development Department at the Office of the Marshal of Śląskie Voivodeship. In 1999, she was the Katowice Voivode’s proxy for voivodeship development strategy. Earlier, she worked at the Department of Economy of the Voivodeship Office in Katowice where she participated, among other things, in the work on the regional contract for the voivodeship.
Since 2007 she has been the Minister of Regional Development. On 27 November 2013, she was appointed a Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Infrastructure and Development. She is in charge of the strategic development system of the country, including the effective disbursement of European funds. Her work resulted in the full absorption of the EU funds from the budget for 2004-2006 and the distribution of almost EUR 68 billion which Poland received for the years 2007-2013. She is responsible for preparations to efficient implementation of funds from the subsequent EU budget for the years 2014-2020. Her tasks include also the management of transport infrastructure (roads, railway, air traffic and ship transport) and issues related to construction and housing.
She obtained the seat of a Senator in the parliamentary election in 2011.
She is highly regarded for her professional achievements in Poland and abroad. She is a laureate of numerous prestigious awards, including the Kisiel Award. She was awarded the Grand Officer of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by King Harald V for involvement in building friendly relations and cooperation between Poland and Norway and effective implementation of Norwegian Financial Mechanisms.
A graduate of the Jagiellonian University. She also graduated from the Polish National School of Public Administration and completed the MBA postgraduate studies at the Warsaw School of Economics.
She is fluent in English.
She is married with three children.
She likes to spend her leisure time listening to music and travelling, with her favourite travel destination being the Balkans.